Saturday, October 10, 2009

Out to Lunch?

Many of you have asked: "Karen, what do you do all day while you're living at the hospital with Gil?"

On this particular day last week, two of my Milford Garden Club friends drove down here to Karmanos and took me and Genie out to lunch at Wasabi -- a wonderful little Asian/Korean restaurant nearby. (Sushi, sashimi, edamame, miso soup -- yum!)

We had a nice, long lunch with lots of laughter and discussion about health care reform and stem cell research -- as you can imagine. (Thank you, Debbie and Nora.)

Gil woke up feeling good again on Day+3 this morning. Waiting for the blood cell counts to "bottom out" (they say any day now) and then begin to replenish themselves using Genie's stem cells as their new source.

As always during this week or so, infection is concern number one and we take all precautions to keep the microbes at bay.

Lots of handwashing and continuous prophylactic IV antibiotics, antivirals and antifungals until the counts return to normal.

At this point, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed that Gil doesn't get an infection while his immune system is depleted. (I find that I'm constantly "wiping things down" with my little Clorox disinfectant wipes -- door handles, light switches, faucet handles, soap dispensers, TV control and computer keyboard.)


Germs are not our friends
Yet how can we avoid them?
They're not welcome here.

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